If you plan on selling your home, touching up or redoing the exterior, painting is a worthwhile project for increasing its curb appeal. That said, painting an exterior is not as simple as slapping on a coat of paint. If you want to do it right, the process starts with preparing your home for the project. Each type of exterior has its intricacies, but we will be focusing on wooden exteriors. Although these steps involve some physical labor, they are relatively simple and can typically be accomplished in a single day on an average sized home.
Protect the Project Site
Before you begin, take the time to cover nearby grass, shrubberies and decorations to protect them from any falling paint chips, fresh paint and other hazards. Laying down a tarp to catch byproducts as they fall will reduce the amount of work you have to do later, as well.
Thoroughly Wash the Exterior
Any dirt, grime or other debris that is on your exterior when the paint goes on will be sealed underneath of it, creating a disturbance that can mar the appearance and lifespan of the top coat. A typical garden hose with a spray nozzle and an extendable brush can tackle a moderate level of filth, but you should consider upgrading to a pressure washer for particularly stubborn spots. In both cases, be careful not to direct the spray into damaged sections of the wood.
Scrape Off Chipped Paint
Next, use a paint scraper to remove any chips or flakes that survive the first step. While you don’t necessarily have to strip off every last scrap of paint before you begin, you do need to make sure that the new paint has an even, flat surface to latch onto when you apply it. Place the edge of the scraper at a steep angle nearly parallel to the surface of the wood and gently push it along the grain to take off the chips. Laying down a tarp to catch them as they fall will reduce the amount of work you have to do. Be sure to wear glasses or goggles while doing this.
Replace Caulking and Window Putty
Scrape away old caulk and putty around the doors, windows and other trimmings. Replace the removed sealants and make sure to let them completely dry before you paint near them.
Repair Damaged Areas
Remove and replace damaged wood planks. For smaller sections of damage, you can use a surface repair compound as long as it is designed for outdoor use. In either case, sand the repaired sections and apply a coat of primer.
Get Ready to Paint
After all that work, your home is now ready for a fresh coat of paint. If you simply don’t have the time to prepare and paint it yourself, then The Painting Company can stop by and provide a free quote on how much the project will cost from start to finish. Contact us today to get started on refreshing your home!